Summer Love

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Brigita Przybylski Why does summer love  Look like an ice cream cone? Sweet and messy Soft and fragile  Childlike  Sticky fingers And stained white shirts  Chocolate lips  And a forbidden kiss  With a cherry on top 

An Ode to the Meadows

Photo by Aimy Paulsen By Aimy Paulsen I’VE COME TO LOVE THE HEAT THAT SKIN-SCORCHING BLISTERING HEAT BECAUSE WHAT IS BEING FROM HERE IF NOT FOR THOSE POST-5th GRADE SUMMER DAYS WITH MY BEST FRIEND TAKING OUR SCOOTERS ‘ROUND THE CUL-DE-SAC GETTING FLIP-FLOP TANS THROWING ROCKS IN THE NEIGHBOR’S SWIMMING POOL BECAUSE PRETEEN LIFE DIDN’T…… Continue reading An Ode to the Meadows

June Babies

Photo by Natalia Lee By Natalia Lee They say June babies love the heat. They make flowers bloom at the sight of their smile. And I, being one of them, do not like the heat no—-I, made the flowers and trees bloom their mightiest bloom up to the blues of the sky all while burning…… Continue reading June Babies

Black Widow Wears a Ponytail and it’s a Big Deal

Photo by Brigita Przybylski By Brigita Przybylski Marvel’s highly anticipated July 2021 movie Black Widow directed by Cate Shortland is a solo story about Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Leading up to its premiere, movie posters and trailer scenes showed Natasha and her sister Yelena Bolova (Florence Pugh) wearing a ponytail or braid…… Continue reading Black Widow Wears a Ponytail and it’s a Big Deal

Piña Colada

Photos by Lianelys Cabrera By Lianelys Cabrera  Diving deep into a dimension where summers don’t come with sadness. Relieved from the expectations  of falling into extravagant madness. Here, we become timeless, ageless, perhaps endless.  But when reality awakens, the piña colada dream is gone.  Back to the surface we go, where the air is tasteless,…… Continue reading Piña Colada

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My Summer Superpower

Photo by Alex Zavala By Alex Zavala Growing up, Summers in the suburbs felt like the beginning of some sad story sitting carelessly in my Notes app where every story sounded the same. I’d wake up, fight the Summer heat by staying inside all day, pace around aimlessly, watch reruns of Spongebob, fall asleep, rinse,…… Continue reading My Summer Superpower

Everything

Photo by Ian Watson By Ian Watson The constant hum from thousands of desert cicadas paired with a scorching dry heat provide consistency and comfort, My skin goes from white to red in an instant; The soles of my shoes begin to distress upon walking on the rocky dirt that surrounds everything I know, I…… Continue reading Everything